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Cam Newton’s injured toe “not that big a deal”

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Just before halftime of Carolina’s 30-20 victory over the Jets on Sunday, quarterback Cam Newton came up with a little bit of a limp after Jets defensive tackle (and occasional running back) Sheldon Richardson tackled him at the end of a scramble.

Newton headed to the locker room before the half officially ended and was the last Panthers player back on the field before the start of the second half, but went on to play the rest of the game without incident. Coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Newton injured his toe on Richardson’s tackle, but that the injury was “not that big a deal.”

“The reason we took him off early was because we had to cut the tape off and let them double-check and make sure everything was fine,” Rivera said, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. “Everything came out OK.”

Rivera said Newton’s mobility was not impacted by the injury and his early departure in the second half was the only outward sign of concern about the quarterback’s condition during the game. Based on that, Newton should be good to go for next Sunday’s showdown with the Saints for the top spot in the NFC South.

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8 Responses to “Cam Newton’s injured toe “not that big a deal””
  1. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Dec 16, 2013 2:20 PM

    i’m double checked out.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 16, 2013 2:20 PM

    Sheldon was heard whispering, “Eeny , meeny, miney, mo……”.

  3. ninersareyesterdaysnews says: Dec 16, 2013 2:24 PM

    Saints can’t win on the road. Panthers win big 33-13

  4. blacknole08 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:37 PM

    Who dat?

    Panthers that. 2013 NFC South champs. Book it.

  5. meatcarroll says: Dec 16, 2013 2:38 PM

    Who wants to bet this “not big deal” is going to be used as an excuse anyway if Towelhead chokes against the Saints this week?

  6. jgedgar70 says: Dec 16, 2013 5:17 PM

    Watching the game on TV and listening to Dierdorf, you were sure Cam was going to have his leg amputated and fitted for a prosthetic leg at halftime. You could tell he was bothered by it, but not enough that he couldn’t keep making plays.

    meatcarroll – I promise you that I won’t use this as an exuse if we lose. Not that I think we’re going to lose. I think we’re going to win, and handily. The Saints can’t function on natural grass or outside of Louisiana.

  7. pacodawg says: Dec 16, 2013 6:02 PM

    Super Bowl

  8. nawlinssaints1956 says: Dec 16, 2013 6:52 PM

    The Panthers secondary will get torched again…

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